Eastern Industrial Supplies relies on data across its business
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Eastern Industrial Supplies relies on data across its business

Eastern Industrial Supplies opened its doors in 1980 in Greenville, South Carolina and has grown to have branches in six different states across America. Eastern specializes in the quality distribution of pipe, valves, fittings and commercial plumbing products. Two years ago, it set up an e-commerce division which has helped maintain healthy growth. Data drives the decision-making, as everyone relies on Phocas data analytics to validate responses and add value to their work.

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Topics: Case Study, Job Role - Sales, Job Role - IT, Industry - HVAC/Plumbing, ERP - Epicor, decision-making

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Eastern Industrial Supplies relies on data across its business

Eastern Industrial Supplies opened its doors in 1980 in Greenville, South Carolina and has grown to have branches in six different states across America. Eastern specializes in the quality distribution of pipe, valves, fittings and commercial plumbing products. Two years ago, it set up an e-commerce division which has helped maintain healthy growth. Data drives the decision-making, as everyone relies on Phocas data analytics to validate responses and add value to their work.

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Topics: Case Study, Job Role - Sales, Job Role - IT, Industry - HVAC/Plumbing, ERP - Epicor, decision-making

Wessex packaging ticks all the boxes with purchasing data analytics

 

Purchasing data analytics provides Wessex packaging with greater visibility into sales, purchasing and inventory data to inform pricing and warehouse decisions. The company specializes in pallet wrap and operates out of a  75,000 square-foot warehouse in Somerset, UK with 30 employees managing over 2,000 SKUs. The large volume of products is one of the main reasons the company swapped to Phocas Business Intelligence from Sales-i so it could keep track of its purchasing and inventory data.

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Topics: Case Study, Industry - Wholesale Distribution, Job Role - Sales, Job Role - IT, Job Role - Inventory/Operations

Take advantage of what your ERP data has to offer

Enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems don’t just help your business manage financials, inventory, customers and other key factors — it’s also a wellspring of data. There are insights in your cloud ERP data that could be used to make more timely and informed decisions, address new opportunities and improve your operations over time. But sourcing, processing and analyzing all of this data can feel intimidating. Learn more about how a data analytics tool alongside your ERP system can make you feel good about  data.

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Topics: Business Intelligence Basics, Job Role - IT, Dynamic reporting

5 common business intelligence problems

When businesses aren't getting value from a business intelligence (BI) solution, it may seem like the software is causing more trouble than it is worth. However, the business intelligence problems are often not due to the business or to the software alone, but rather due to the mismatch between the two.

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Topics: Business Intelligence Basics, Job Role - IT, Strategy, Management and Performance

data refinement: when data is less like gold and more like manure

The world is experiencing a data boom. We create as much as 2.5 quintillion bytes of data every day, and counting. Data generated by your customers, ERP systems and partners has the power to give your company an enormous competitive advantage. However, this information needs data refinement – it needs to be prepared, collated and analyzed in the right way. Today, data needs to be handled more like manure, not gold. 

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Topics: Business Intelligence Basics, Job Role - IT, Job Role - Executive, decision-making

Data consolidation across Litex Industries enables strategic decision-making

Litex Industries Limited is an extensive electrical products wholesaler located in Texas, USA. After the recent merger and acquisition growth, there are now 11 companies in the corporate family. To manage the challenges of multiple ERP systems across multiple divisions, Litex’s CIO turned to Phocas data analytics. Starting with the group's sales data, Phocas brings all ERP and vendor POS into a single source of truth. Business data is critical for the sales company, so using Phocas for data consolidation has enabled fast strategic decision-making in the sales leadership team.

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Topics: Case Study, Job Role - Sales, Job Role - IT, Industry - Electrical, ERP - Infor, decision-making, ERP -JD Edwards Oracle

One of the goals of business intelligence is to find the best match for your business

The speed at which business intelligence technology continues to develop seems outmatched only by an urgent need for data by leaders keen to make sound decisions moving ahead. And of course increased user adoption as the software becomes more intuitive. With so many business intelligence solutions on the market - one of the goals of business intelligence is to find the best match for your business. Here's some tips on what to look for.

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Topics: Business Intelligence Basics, Job Role - IT, Dynamic reporting

User adoption: That's the real point of BI

 

The outlook for a successful business intelligence (BI) project is not good. At least that’s what Gartner says: BI projects have a 60% failure rate. But your reaction to this statistic and the reasons Gartner cited it, primarily have to do with your own experience as an implementer or end-user of BI software. Perhaps IT teams are surprised when they hear that Gartner attributed this high failure rate to the inability to understand the real needs of the business, and the failure to communicate using a common language. But, for end-users of BI solutions, who struggle to get data insights to make decisions, it's less surprising. There was no deep user adoption of the software.

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Topics: Business Intelligence Basics, Job Role - IT, Strategy, Management and Performance, Job Role - Executive

Phocas a 'High Performer' in G2 Crowd's BI Grid

Phocas Software is a 'High Performer' on G2 Crowd’s best business intelligence platform grid for the summer. G2 Crowd is an independent software review platform that collects transparent and unbiased software recommendations from current users. Phocas' leadership as a High Performer is primarily driven by high customer satisfaction scores.

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Topics: Business Intelligence Basics, Job Role - IT, Reviews and Recognition, Dynamic reporting, data visualizations

Behler-Young connects Amazon Alexa and Phocas BI with great results

Can you have a conversation with your business intelligence solution while driving? Behler-Young sales people do. Robert Wright, a Senior Application Developer and Analyst at Behler-Young, integrated Amazon Alexa with Phocas, a business intelligence solution for manufacturers, distributors and retailers. With critical data only a question away, they always know what's going on even when they're on the road.

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Topics: Case Study, Industry - Manufacturing, Industry - Wholesale Distribution, Job Role - IT, Industry - HVAC/Plumbing, Industry - Retail

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